Press Releases

Jul 252006

State, National Groups Add Support to Medical Marijuana Employment Case - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 25, 2006 4:00 AM
Medical organizations, California state legislators and disability rights organizations have all filed supporting briefs with the California Supreme Court in a landmark employment rights case involving medical marijuana. The amici curiae or ‘friend of the court’ briefs all argue that medical marijuana patients deserve civil employment protections provided by California state law.
Jul 112006

Kern Becomes 6th California County to Pass Medical Cannabis Ordinance - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 11, 2006 4:00 AM

Today the Kern County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance allowing medical cannabis dispensing collectives to operate there. The ordinance was passed as presented. Supervisors considered the measure at their June 13 meeting, but modified it to protect patient privacy after hearing the concerns of patients.

Jul 062006

DEA Raids San Diego Medical Marijuana Dispensaries; Operators Arrested - Americans for Safe Access

  • July 06, 2006 4:00 AM

SAN DIEGO-- Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) today raided as many as 13 San Diego-area medical marijuana dispensaries and arrested at least two of the dispensary operators.

May 182006

ASA Sues Butte County for Its Ban on Collective Cultivation - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 18, 2006 4:00 AM

Continued raids on private patient collectives and poor enforcement of state law meet a legal roadblock

May 022006

Government Pressed to Defend Medical Marijuana Policies with Sound Science or Face Federal Lawsuit - Americans for Safe Access

  • May 02, 2006 4:00 AM

(Tuesday, May 2 – Washington, DC) – Lawyers on behalf of thousands of cancer, AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, chronic pain and other patients today sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) demanding a response to their petition filed 18 months ago claiming that the government’s policies on medical marijuana are in violation of the Data Quality Act (DQA).

Apr 282006

Hinchey Leads Bipartisan House Coalition In Calling For FDA - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 28, 2006 4:00 AM

One week after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a baseless, one page press release claiming that marijuana had no medical benefits, Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) led a bipartisan group of 24 House members in calling on the agency to explain its reasoning and show scientific proof to support its view.

Apr 192006

DEA and Sacramento PD Raid in Progress! - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 19, 2006 4:00 AM
DEA and Sacramento PD Raid in Progress!
If you are in the area, join the protest at Capitol Alternatives - 2020 16th Street, Sacramento
Apr 112006

Emeryville Pays Spinal Injury Patient $15,000 for Marijuana - Americans for Safe Access

  • April 11, 2006 4:00 AM

Emeryville, CA -- James Blair, a spinal injury patient arrested on marijuana cultivation charges in 2003, received a check today from the City of Emeryville for $15,000 for marijuana seized by the Emeryville Police Department. Assisted by the patient advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Blair received one of the largest cash settlements to date in a case of wrongful police action in regard to medical marijuana.

Mar 142006

DEA Raids Small Medical Marijuana Collective - Puts Patient in Hospital - Americans for Safe Access

  • March 14, 2006 3:00 AM

Palm Desert, CA – Despite assertions from federal officials that they would not be going after medical marijuana patients or small cooperatives, DEA agents, along with Riverside County Sheriff's officers, this morning raided a small medical marijuana collective cultivation outside of Palm Desert that had recently been pictured in the press, injuring a 53 year old medical marijuana patient.